questions & answers: using the japan rail pass

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I just want to find out that is it worth for me to buy the JR pass if I am spending around 7 days in Japan since I am not departing from Kansai Airport.

I made some read up and says that I can actually save a bit if I buy separate ticket and also like day pass when I am in Kyoto or Tokyo.

What I saw is this:

Kansai airport > Kyoto: ¥3690, (75mins, 99km)
Kyoto > Otsuki: ¥14650, (243mins, 561km) Otsuki-Mt Fuji (¥1440)
Otsuki > Tokyo: ¥2860, (76mins, 87km)
Tokyo > Haneda airport terminal 1: ¥620, (32mins, 20km, incl. non-JR)

Kyoto Bus Only Passes City Bus All-day Pass (Y500) or
Kyoto Bus and Subway Passes Kyoto Sightseeing One – and Two-day Pass Card (¥1,200)

One-day pass for JR, Toei streetcars, Toei buses, Toei subways and Tokyo Metro.
FARE: ¥1,580

total: ¥26040

it's still cheaper than the JR pass which cost ¥28300.
What do you think?


Hi there,

I think you can do my job ;) you basically did a full ticket breakdown to see what would cost less and in this case it would be buying tickets as you travel and use local day pases.

Not much for me to add it it.

Hope this helps,

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I wanna ask your opinion that whether I get a bus day pass or take include the subway day pass in Kyoto?

I might be following the below itinerary that I found online like this:

– Start the day by heading to the west side of the city: Arashiyama (see the Arashiyama District page for transport details). Try to arrive in Arashiyama no later than 9am.

– In Arashiyama, visit Tenryu-ji Temple and the adjoining Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, then return quickly to the main street of Arashiyama (in front of Tenryu-ji).

– From here, you’ll head to the northwest corner of the city to visit Kinkaku-ji Temple (the famed “Golden Pavilion”). For this leg, a taxi is really the only way to go since there’s no direct/efficient public transport. A taxi from Arashiyama to Kinkaku-ji will take around 20 minutes and cost around Y1900.

After visiting Kinkaku-ji, catch Kyoto City bus no 204 all the way east (make sure to take it east rather than south) to the Ginkakuji-michi Stop. Walk from the bus stop to Ginkaku-ji Temple and visit the temple.

– After visiting Ginkaku-ji, exit the temple and walk south along the Path of Philosophy to Nanzen-ji Temple (about 25 minutes at a good clip).

– Visit Nanzen-ji Temple and then walk west to Jingu-michi. Turn left (south) on Jingu-michi, cross Sanjo-dori, pass Shoren-in Temple and then enter Chion-in Temple via the enormous San-mon Gate.

– Exit Chion-in to the left, cut across Maruyama-koen Park and follow Nene-no-Michi and then Ninen-zaka and Sannen-zaka south to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

– After visiting Kiyomizu-dera, walk down Chawan-zaka and Gojo-zaka to reach Higashioji-dori. Cross Higashioji-dori and walk west (downhill) on Gojo-dori to reach Keihan Kiyomizu-Gojo Station. Here, board any Keihan train except a tokkyu (limited express) and take it to Fushimi-Inari Station. From here, it’s a short walk to Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine, the last stop on this itinerary.

– Getting home from Fushimi-Inari-Taisha Shrine is easy: You can take the Keihan Line from Fushimi-Inari Station to Shihijo, Shijo or Sanjo stations, or the JR Line from Inari Station to Kyoto Station.

If you complete the Must See Kyoto Temples itinerary in one day, I wish you a hearty otsukare-same (job well done)! I sincerely hope that next time you come to Kyoto, you can slow down a bit and see some of the sights on one of my Off-the-Beaten-Track Kyoto itineraries.

Which one you think I should buy?


Hi there,

Thats a ton of travel.

I think it would most most sense to buy a 500yen bus pass and just buy normal tickets for the rest as you will travel on transport (Taxi, Keihan, etc,) which is not covered by the JR Pass.

Hope this helps,

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